Fil-Am fundraiser for tornado victims set in Jersey City

AUG. 2—Filipino-American organizations in New Jersey are holding a fundraiser for the children of Lord Balatbat and Lolibeth Ortega this Saturday (Aug. 2), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 275 West Side Avenue, in front of University Charter High School, between Audubon and Culver Avenues in Jersey City. Light breakfast will be served and all donations are payable to the Balatbat Children Fund. Donations can also be mailed to PAFCOM, 124 Mallory Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07304. E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for particulars.


Special mass to honor God the Father of All

AUG. 3—God the Father of all Mankind will be honored with special mass every first Sunday of August at 12:15 p.m. at St. Patrick Church located at 39-38 29th St. & 40th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101. In preparation, there will be reflections by invited speakers for eight holy octave days of prayers of Consecration. It will start on July 27 after the 9 a.m. mass, and everyday at 6 p.m. from July 28 to Aug. 2 at the chapel. After the mass on Aug. 3, more celebrations will follow with special presentations of friends and parishioners. There will be food, games, dancing and raffles. For more info, call Tus Santos 347.400.8432, Carmen Martinez 718.909.4228, Nena Matela 646.600.4943 or Vanessa Jimenez 347.303.5291.


14th year of celebrating God’s Paternity in Astoria, N.Y.

AUG. 3—Join the 14th year celebration of God’s Paternity on feast of God the Father at 2:30 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Astoria, N.Y. at 21-47 29th Street, Ditmas Blvd. (N& W last stop). Highlights are mass, procession, fellowship, raffles, gifts and more. Contact persons are Linda 718.726.0674, Tita 347.247.1352 or Lydia 718.626.2017.


Silliman U Alumni NY-NJ picnic in Ridgewood, N.J.

AUG. 9—The Silliman University Alumni Association of New York-New Jersey Chapter will hold its annual potluck picnic celebrating the University’s Founder’s Day 2014 from 10 a.m. to dusk at Wild Duck Pond-Pavilion Area at 113 E. Ridgewood Ave. in Ridgewood Ave., Ridgewood, NJ 07450 (201.444.8843). With free parking, access to facilities and a dog park. There will be games, line dancing and other activities with prizes. Contact persons are Daday Kiamco-Millman 908.317.9179, Esmeralda Taala-Gomez 201.315.9300, Jojo Palopo-Cagara 516.285.9300 or Jing-jing Dagpin-Mericido 646.639.4632.


Summer potluck picnic for young Fil-Am families

AUG. 10—The 2nd social gathering of the Filipino School of New York & New Jersey’s young Fil-Am families meet-up group will be highlighted by a potluck picnic from noon to 4 p.m. in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, N.Y. There will be traditional Filipino games, treats and prizes. Connect and make new friends and expose your children to other Filipinos and expand their social network. RSVP This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and inform how many family members are attending and what food you plan to bring.


Undocumented Asians to tell their stories in a performance

AUG. 13—RAISE, the only pan-Asian undocumented youth group on the East Coast, returns to the stage at Culture Project in New York City with a new theater production entitled “Letters from UndocuAsians.” It will be staged from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cultural Project at 49 Bleecker Street in Manhattan. Written, directed and performed by members of RAISE (Revolutionizing Asian American Immigrant Stories on the East Coast), all of whom are undocumented Asian youth. Tickets are $20 (general admission) and $15 (students), and can be purchased by visiting or or calling 646.833.5964. For more info, log on to


All Ateneo Alumni confab in New York Aug. 21-24

AUG. 21-24—Ateneo Alumni Association of North America, Inc. will hold the 2014 New York All Ateneo Alumni Convention. Registration and cocktails will be held on Aug. 21 starting at 6 p.m. at the Philippine Center at 556 Fifth Avenue near 46th Street in Manhattan. Plenary session will be held on Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at John Jay College, 524 West 59th Street, NYC 10019. A gala event will be held on Aug. 23 at 5 p.m. also at John Jay College. On Aug. 24, a concelebrated mass will be held at St. Malachy’s Church, 239 West 49th Street NYC 10019. Admission is $175 for all three events. Gala is $150. Register at Call Cynthia Esquivel at 646.318.3539 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Joe Ramos at 646.421.0120 ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).


Aklan Assoc. Eastern USA picnic at Liberty State Park

AUG. 24—Aklan Association Eastern USA will hold its annual potluck picnic from 9 a.m. to sundown at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. (Morris Pesin Drive tree-shaded #5 Green picnic area). Bring your favorite dish and drinks. Contact persons are Tes Refol 347.217.6844, Nonoy Castro 201.568.9822, Don Romero 201.486.9145, Henry Rogan 973.736.7726, Bernie Tamayo 917.566.6058, Ray Rogan 973.325.1537 or Girlie Tuballes 718.658.5584.


‘Hotdog’ concert in Lodi, N.J.

SEPT. 21—The legendary OPM band “Hotdog” is holding a concert at Breslin Theater, Felician College at 262 South Main St., Lodi, NJ 07644, with special guests OPM icon Joey Albert and the Filharmonic Band, with ace musical director Lerrick Santos. Proceeds of the 3 p.m. concert will help rebuild Assumption College in Passi, Iloilo. Tickets are $58, $48 and $38. Call any of the following: 917.294.6783, 914.659.9670, 347.738.3025, 646.932.0272, 917.482.6813, 908.265.1430, 914.282.7662 or 908.906.9788.


Camden, N.J. to present International Day festival

OCT. 11—Sample ethnic food, embrace cultural diversity and watch dancing and displays at the International Day presented by Camden County Board of Freeholders, Voorhees Township Cultural and Diversity Advisory Committee and Camden County Human Relations Commission. It will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Eastern Regional High School at 1401 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043. Admission is free. For more information, call chairwoman Gwed DeVera at 856.751.1364 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Free rondalla lessons

On Sunday afternoons 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Regular lessons offered by the University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla in Linden, N.J. (off Garden State Parkway Exit 136). Learn to play a traditional rondalla string instrument such as the bandurria, laud, octavina, guitar and double bass. Everyone from all age groups with all musical abilities (beginners to experienced players) are welcome. For more information, please contact Diane Valencia, UPAFR president at 732.317.3364 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please visit the University of the Philippines Alumni & Friends Rondalla Facebook Page, or its website at

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